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New Abortion Guidelines in Peru a Victory for Women and Girls, But More Work Ahead

Peru has finally issued national guidelines recognizing that women in the country have the right to therapeutic abortion, and outlining the Peruvian government's responsibility to secure this access. It is heartening to see such tireless work pay off, but the work isn't over.

Peru has finally issued national guidelines recognizing that women in the country have the right to therapeutic abortion, and outlining the Peruvian government’s responsibility to secure this access. It is heartening to see such tireless work pay off, but the work isn’t over.

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Anti-Choice Groups Increasingly Reveal Their Anti-Contraception Agenda

Taking the temperature of the anti-choice movement post-Hobby Lobby, one thing becomes clear: Its members are getting braver all the time about admitting out loud that they're just anti-sex and out to get your birth control.

Taking the temperature of the anti-choice movement post-Hobby Lobby, one thing becomes clear: Its members are getting braver all the time about admitting out loud that they’re just anti-sex and out to get your birth control.

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Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Fraud Case Against Planned Parenthood

The lawsuit brought by conservative legal advocates accused the health-care provider of over $200 million in fraudulent billings.

The lawsuit brought by conservative legal advocates accused the health-care provider of over $200 million in fraudulent billings.

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What Is Going on With Admitting Privileges Legislation in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania State Capitol

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently asked Planned Parenthood facilities in the state to submit transfer agreement and admitting privileges information, even though the state currently does not require clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. A spokesperson said a department employee was acting on his or her own.

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Anti-Choice Advocates Seize on West Virginia Democrats’ Support of 20-Week Abortion Ban

The West Virginia Capitol building in Charleston

When West Virginia’s legislature voted to ban abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation in March, West Virginia Democrats overwhelmingly backed the ban, deliberately defying the national party’s support of abortion rights.

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Catholic School Coach’s Contract Not Renewed Because She Works at Planned Parenthood

A case involving a Montana woman whose contract as an assistant softball coach at a Catholic high school was not renewed because she works at Planned Parenthood represents the latest in a string of dismissals by religiously affiliated employers under the guise of religious liberty rights.

A case involving a Montana woman whose contract as an assistant softball coach at a Catholic high school was not renewed because she works at Planned Parenthood represents the latest in a string of dismissals by religiously affiliated employers under the guise of religious liberty rights.

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Americans United for Life’s Efforts to Eliminate Insurance Coverage for Abortion Get Help From ALEC Members

The confluence of ALEC and AUL is further evidence of a new trend on the political right.

Twenty-three states have passed laws barring abortion coverage from insurance plans within state health exchanges. What has largely gone unnoticed is that many of these policies emanate from Americans United for Life, a little-known group that regularly has access to conservative lawmakers at the annual ALEC conferences.

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Attorneys for Indiana Defend TRAP Law in Federal Court

Two groups have appealed the dismissal of their challenge to an Arizona anti-choice restriction that they argue unconstitutionally relies on harmful racial stereotypes to discriminate against and shame Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander women who decide to end their pregnancies.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller insists the law is necessary for patient safety, as conservatives in the state continue their attacks on Planned Parenthood.

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Arguments To Be Heard Wednesday in Lawsuit Over Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Ban

The decision stays an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that threatened to end access to medication abortion for rural patients.

The fate of the state’s successful telemedicine abortion program could be decided this week.

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Reid and Pelosi Celebrate Opening of Obamacare Exchanges Amid Government Shutdown

Nancy Pelosi with Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) on the left, and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) on the right. Behind Harkin stands Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined union leaders in celebration of the official launch of the Affordable Care Act, and laid the government shutdown at the feet of Republicans.

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